About our Grade 7 Core Skills Programme

This comprehensive two-day Higher Executive Officer/Grade 7 Core Skills programme is designed in alignment with the competency model as specified by the Public Appointment Service.

The programme will enable attendees to understand their role, including team leadership, analysis and decision-making and interpersonal and communication skills. Developing these skills can help to ensure the delivery of the organisations goals and efficient policy implementation.

People management and team leadership ideologies and scenarios will be used throughout the programme, as a means of developing skills in motivating, driving performance and delivering results. The course will explore subject areas demonstrating the importance of communication skills in delivering results. It gives participants the tools to develop the core skills needed to excel in this role.

Participants will gain clarity on the role within the provision of the Public Service and the importance of managing teams to deliver quality customer service. It will also ensure that attendees are equipped with the skills required to implement the PMDS successfully.

Pre-training supports
Participants will be asked to complete a pre-programme self-evaluation. This will enable learners to identify and analyse their own core areas of competence, as well as their learning expectations of the course. It will also encourage participants to contemplate the learning opportunity and how it will benefit them before attending, helping to clarify their own commitment to their role.

The programme specifically focuses on developing the following competencies:

  • Team Leadership
  • Analysis & Decision making
  • FOI, Data Protection & Procurement in Practice
  • People & Project Management and Delivery of Results
  • Interpersonal & Communications Skills
  • Wellbeing at work & the duty of care
  • Developing personal effectiveness & resilience

Learning for this programme will be blended, with a mix of classroom days, theory, homework and suggested post-training supports posted electronically to allow for reflection between classroom days. PAI Moodle: To allow for the delivery of an effective blended learning programme, PAI will provide each learner with access to our online Learning Management System, Moodle. All course material will be posted on Moodle for access between classroom days and post programme learning and support. This programme is delivered in a practical facilitative approach with learners guided through the topics through problem based learning, presentations and group work. Training delivery will focus on using relevant, practical training activities to enable participants to achieve learning objectives, including the following:

  • Case studies
  • Role play and group activities/exercises
  • Presentation and discussion
  • Reflective learning project.

This programme is designed for new and established staff at Higher Executive Office/Administrative Officer/Grade 7 (and equivalent) in Government Departments, Public Sector bodies and State Agencies.

Did you know?

PAI offer all of our courses as In-House programmes. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.

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